Joco sports notebook: volleyball, football, boys soccer and USTA tennis

09/20/2013 4:20 PM

09/20/2013 4:22 PM

Olathe South High School senior Braden Smith has colleges all over the country interested in acquiring his talents. In the meantime, high school accolades keep rolling in.

Smith has been selected to play in the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game, scheduled for Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The stadium is home to baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays.

A highly-recruited offensive tackle, Smith will be presented with an honorary game jersey during a ceremony at 10:20 a.m. Monday in the Olathe South High School gym.

The seventh annual Under Armour All-America High School Football Game will be televised at 3 p.m. live on ESPN.

Smith is one of 90 players selected for participation in the game, which is presented by American Family Insurance.

Volleyball: Awareness rally

The four Olathe area high schools have opted to forgo their volleyball rivalry.

For one night, anyway.

Olathe South will play host to Olathe East, Olathe North and Olathe Northwest for an inaugural breast cancer awareness rally on Oct. 8, part of the Side-Out Foundation’s Dig Pink movement.

Olathe South is slated to play Olathe East, while Olathe Northwest will face Olathe North.

The varsity matches start at 5:45 p.m., with junior varsity matches to follow.

“We decided this would be a great way for these schools to come together and raise awareness,” Olathe South coach Ken Talcott said. “It’s something we would like to keep going every year to keep the awareness going.”

This year’s event will honor Audrey Kersey, the wife of Olathe South athletics director Robert Kersey. Audrey died of cancer last year.

Boys soccer: Top Dawg

The Blue Valley Northwest, Blue Valley North, St. Thomas Aquinas and Rockhurst high school boys soccer teams have begun another quest to become the Top Dawg.

The four teams will meet for round robin play over the course of the next week in the annual Top Dawg Tournament, first established in 1992.

Blue Valley Northwest opened the tournament with a 2-1 victory Wednesday against Rockhurst. The Huskies improved to 4-1-1 this season behind goals from Taylor Wiebke and Sam Taylor.

The Huskies play St. Thomas Aquinas at 5 p.m. Monday, followed by Rockhurst against Blue Valley North later in the evening.

The tournament continues Wednesday when Blue Valley Northwest and Blue Valley North meet at 5 p.m., followed by Rockhurst against St. Thomas Aquinas. The event concludes with Blue Valley North versus St. Thomas Aquinas at noon on Sept. 28.

Tennis: USTA League

An Overland Park women’s tennis team won the 65-and-over USTA League section championship last weekend in Oklahoma City, adding to a recent string of success from Kansas City-based teams.

The women’s team, based out of Overland Park Racquet Club, won its 7.0 NTRP-rated division with a perfect 4-0 match record over the five-day section championship. Captained by Carolyn Thiessen, the team consists of Jeanne Cummings, Sandra Smith, Vicky Vise, Karen Schemmel, Helga Gastreich, Bonnie Shade, Elizabeth Barnes, Jane True, Carol Malarky and Irene Harkleroad.

They join two other Overland Park-based teams to win section championships. A week ago, a women’s 40-and-over team based out of Midtown Athletic Club won its section championship and will advance to the USTA League National Championship in Indian Wells, Calif., on Oct. 18-20. The team, captained by Kristy Francis, includes Catherine Schroer, Ann Crampton, Nancy Manning, Theresa Montgomery, Renee Steffes, Beverly Meyer, Marla Lovinggood, Cynthia Thomas, Elizabeth Jarvis, Amber Heineman, Katy Palmieri, Victoria Knox, Cyndi Penyock, Pamela Kopplin, Katie Shappard and Leslie Addadi.

An 18-and-over women’s squad from Overland Park Racquet Club also qualified for the USTA League National Championships and will travel to Tucson, Ariz., on Oct. 11-13. The team consists of captain Sherry Nelson, along with Cheryl Lady, Cathie Hopkins, Elizabeth Carttar, Jacque Hoisington, Kristin Niehus, Gail Gregory, Rebecca Bellah, Patsy Crystal, Nancy Manion, Kelli Valdez, Nancy Blue, Jill Rogers, Muriel Hull, Jamie Esser and Debbie Stivers.

Finally, an 18-and-over women’s team from Kansas City Racquet Club also made the cut and will travel Indian Wells, Calif., on Sept. 27-29 for the national championships. The squad includes Fiona Rey, Deborah Roith, Julia Wulff, Jane Kress, Valerie Marks, Lorie Zacharias-Verd, Kelcie Klockenga, Ann Schneider and Tracey Johnson.

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